Ohio State point guard Aaron Craft is among one of the more lethal defenders in the country. Craft was named the Big Ten‘s Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore last season, but that’s not all he brings to the Buckeyes’ perimeter.
Craft is the squad’s play maker and floor general and it seems more and more likely that head coach Thad Matta is all set at the point guard position for this year and next.
Now a junior, Craft has higher expectations, as do many of the Buckeyes in moving forward without All-American and first round draft choice Jared Sullinger. Deshaun Thomas is back and so too is much of the Ohio State lineup that reached the Final Four a season ago.
While Craft remains focused on his work on the court and in the classroom, the junior appears adamant on future. Craft told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer: “We’re planning on nothing happening after college except for med school. If something happens outside of that, that’s great news.”
While Craft brings great meaning to the term student-athlete, his expectational play and standard inside the classroom is a great example for many players out there.
Following off-season foot surgery to repair bone spurs and a chipped tibia, Craft returns to the floor boasting a 4.0 GPA and the makings of an All-American candidate. In fact, both Craft and Thomas were named as part of Rant Sports‘ preseason All-Americans.
The Ohio native averaged 8.8 points, 4.6 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game last season.
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